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[kon-vuh-les] /ˌkɒn vəˈlɛs/
verb (used without object), convalesced, convalescing.
to recover health and strength after illness; make progress toward recovery of health.
Origin of convalesce
1475-85; < Latin convalēscere to grow fully strong, equivalent to con- con- + valēscere to grow strong (val(ēre) to be well + -escere -esce) Unabridged
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  • Her friends showered invitations on "dear Sally" to come and convalesce with them, but the plans fell through.

  • But was she back from Scotland, where they knew she had gone to convalesce?

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • These were happy days; I had nothing to do but to convalesce.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • She began to convalesce slowly but surely, and one day she turned the nurses out of the room and sent for her Uncle Robert.

  • After the patient begins to convalesce the danger of infection grows greater.

  • Besides, there was only one, if you come to think of it—the little boy being sent to Widow Thrale's to convalesce.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • It took Mrs. Upton a fortnight to get over one of these visits—to convalesce.

    "Run To Seed" Thomas Nelson Page
British Dictionary definitions for convalesce


(intransitive) to recover from illness, injury, or the aftereffects of a surgical operation, esp by resting
Word Origin
C15: from Latin convalēscere, from com- (intensive) + valēscere to grow strong, from valēre to be strong
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Word Origin and History for convalesce

late 15c., from Latin convalescere "thrive, regain health," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + valescere "to begin to grow strong," inchoative of valere "to be strong" (see valiant). Only in Caxton and Scottish writers until 19c. Related: Convalesced; convalescing.

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convalesce in Medicine

convalesce con·va·lesce (kŏn'və-lěs')
v. con·va·lesced, con·va·lesc·ing, con·va·lesc·es
To return to health and strength after illness; recuperate.

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